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Picasa gets new Web zoom viewer and more EXIF data

Picasa Web Albums, the online half of Google's Picasa software/service duo, has received a new zoom viewer that is powered by Adobe's Flash. Clicking on the familiar magnifying glass that sits next to a photo lets you zoom in or out on a rectangular selection. This feature is apparently being called 'microscope zoom', and you absolutely have to have the Flash plug-in installed for it to work,...

ChromeVis adds a zoomed-in reading box to Google Chrome

Want to make text on webpages more readable without zooming everything else or editing your default fonts via the wrench menu? Have a look at ChromeVis, a new Chrome extension from the folks at Google that acts like a magnifier for the text you select on a page. Since this is an official Google extension, it's no surprise that ChromeVis supports several keyboard shortcuts. The lens area can be...

Pinch! Zoom! Latest Nexus One software update enables multitouch

Good news, Nexus One users! Owners of Google's flagship Android phone are getting an over-the-air software update today (it may already be installed on your phone) that includes a new version of Google Maps, a fix for some of the phone's 3G problems, and ... multitouch support! Eat your heart out, iPhone. Now Android users can pinch and zoom with the best of them in the browser, gallery, and...

Grape: a new take on the OS X desktop

Desktop clutter is a common problem, especially when your desktop is your default download folder. A new Mac app called Grape makes it all manageable, though. Grape is a great-looking desktop viewer that allows you to rearrange, resize, and zoom the icons on your desktop. You can also draw boxes to divide up your clutter, making it neat and even attractive. Grape's big strength is the zoom...

Blow up those thumbnails the fancy way with FancyZoom

If your site uses thumbnail images, but you're still opening a separate tab or a separate window to show the larger version, you need to see this: FancyZoom is a little bit of Javascript used by Cabel Sasser on both his personal site and the Panic website, to zoom images inline. Cabel describes the effect as "Mac-like," which is about as accurate a description as you can get. It feels like it...

OneLoupe: Simple, small, and portable desktop zooming solution

It happens to all of us. As we get older, we find it a bit harder to read the text on our computer screens, or make out fine details on digital images. OneLoupe can help. This tiny Windows utility (like, 22kb tiny), hangs out in your system tray until you need to zoom in on an area of your desktop. Then you just click the OneLoupe icon, move your mouse to the portion of the screen you want...

Firefox 3 beta 4 released

Mozilla has released the 4th public beta version of Firefox 3. If it feels like the next generation of the Firefox web browser has been in beta for pretty much ever, that's because it has been. The first public alpha was released in 2006. But with each new test build, Firefox 3 gets a little more stable, and gets a few new features. Here are a few of the updates packed into Firefox 3 beta 4: ...

Access releases NetFront 3.5 beta web browser for Windows Mobile

Opera and Mozilla aren't the only companies preparing to launch new and updated mobile web browsers. Acesss has released a public beta of NetFront 3.5 for Windows Mobile 5.0 and newer devices. And like Safari, Opera Mobile, and all the cool new kids on the blocks, NetFront 3.5 includes an improved zooming interface that makes it easier to see full web pages or zoom in on just the content you...

ZenZui mobile UI becomes Zumobi, announces public beta

We first heard about ZenZui back in March. The Microsoft-backed company is developing an innovative new interface for mobile phones that lets you zoom in and out of almost every screen. That way you can see an overview of your information or zoom in to see more details. It's sort of like Safari for the iPhone, but for the entire user interface. While the name sounded a bit funny, ZenZui made some...

Zooming in (way in) on Google Maps

How often have you wished that you could look in your own bedroom window using Google Maps, only to realize that you just can't zoom in far enough to see any detail? Well, it turns out that maybe you can. Here's how it works: Pick a spot, any spot on Google Maps. Click on the satellite or hybrid view. Zoom in as far as you can (optional). Click the "link to this page" button on the...

New Google Map Zoom Features

Google Maps has some sweet new features. You can now double click to zoom in! How cool is that. It's a very simple way to check out your desired location...fast! Along those same lines, you can now right double click to zoom out! There is also a continuous zoom feature that provides a smooth map transition when zooming in and zooming out. No more jaggy and missing squares while waiting for the...

Zoomin: Today's free file

One of my favorite tricks in OS X is the zoom feature. I can blow tiny UI elements up to a huge size so my students can see those teeny flippy triangles in all those Macromedia apps. Long have I sought a version of this on Windows. Microsoft's little task bar replacement ain't cutting it. But it looks like Zoomin will fit the bill nicely. Zoomin even provides a little windowed interface with color...